Does Offering Integration Apply in a Regulation A Offering?

The Regulation A + offering integration rules prevent companies from improperly avoiding the SEC’s  registration statement requirements by dividing a single securities offering into multiple securities offerings to take advantage of exemptions that would not be available for the combined offerings. Regulation A+ contains integration safe harbor provisions. Under Rule 251(c), a Regulation A+ offerings will not be integrated with prior offers or sales of securities. The Regulation A + offering integration rules prevent companies from improperly avoiding the SEC’s  registration statement requirements by dividing a single securities offering into multiple securities offerings to take advantage of exemptions that would not be available for the combined offerings. Regulation A+ contains integration safe harbor provisions. Under Rule 251(c), a Regulation A+ offerings will not be integrated with prior offers or sales of securities. Subsequent offers and sales of securities in Regulation A+ offerings will not be integrated with other securities offerings that are:

  • registered pursuant to Securities Act, unless the abandoned Regulation A + offering provisions are applicable
  • conducted pursuant to Rule 701;
  • conducted pursuant to employee benefit plans;
  • conducted pursuant to Regulation S;
  • conducted pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding; or
  • conducted more than six months after the completion of the Regulation A + offering.

If no safe harbor is available, integration of a Regulation A offering will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances of the offering.  Regulation A+’s adopting release states that a Regulation A offering should not be integrated with another exempt offering if each of the offerings complies with the requirements of its exemption.

Issuers simultaneously conducting a Regulation A+ offering and an exempt offering where general solicitation is not permitted should ensure investors in the exempt offering were not solicited through the Regulation A offering. This includes by any testing the waters communications made pursuant to Regulation A +.

Similarly, an issuer using general solicitation and/or advertising in a Rule 506(c) offering simultaneously with a Regulation A offering should not advertise the Regulation A offering in its Rule 506(c) offering materials, unless the advertisement complies with Regulation A’s requirements.

For further information about Regulation A+, please contact Brenda Hamilton, Securities Attorney at 101 Plaza Real South, Suite 202 North, Boca Raton, FL, (561) 416-8956, or by email at [email protected].  This securities law blog post is provided as a general informational service to clients and friends of Hamilton & Associates Law Group and should not be construed as, and does not constitute, legal and compliance advice on any specific matter, nor does this message create an attorney-client relationship. Please note that the prior results discussed herein do not guarantee similar outcomes.

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